The Sindh High Court chief justice has directed the SHC’s Member Investigation Team (MIT) branch to submit details of two cases pending against death row convict Saulat Mirza who is set to be sent to the gallows on May 12.
Chief Justice Faisal Arab gave this direction on an application addressed to him by the convict’s counsel through which he sought deferment of Mirza’s execution.
In the application, the condemned prisoner has requested the SHC chief justice to issue direction to the Balochistan home secretary and superintendent of the Machh Jail to ensure that the death sentence is not executed till pendency of two cases against him at the SHC.
Earlier, the MIT had returned his application advising his counsel to seek legal remedy under the law. He had requested the court to order police to include in the Shahid Hamid murder case the accused persons he had named in his latest statement.
He submitted his family was receiving death threats on cell phone from South Africa. He said his family was well aware of the identity of the callers; therefore, he pleaded to the court to direct the SSP concerned to record her wife’s statement and register a case against them. The court was further pleaded to direct the Sindh government to put his family under police protection.
Saulat was sentenced to death by an anti-terrorism court in Karachi on May 24, 1999, for murdering the then managing director of the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC), his driver, and guard on July 5, 1997, in the Defence Housing Authority (DHA), a neighbourhood of Karachi.
The SHC had dismissed his appeal in 2000 whereas the Supreme Court also turned down his plea in 2001. A review petition was rejected by the apex court in 2004. The convict’s mercy appeal was recently rejected by the president.